The 5-year BS/MS Program allows Villanova students to earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics (MSAS) in five years. Students in the program take graduate statistics courses during part of the time normally allotted to an undergraduate program.
Some of these courses are counted toward both the BS degree and the MSAS degree. As a result, they can earn a BS degree in Mathematics after four years and an MSAS degree after one additional year of study. In addition to benefiting from an accelerated timeframe, students in the 5-year program may receive a graduate tuition remission benefit. A maximum of 5 students may be accepted into the program each academic year.
Students in the 5-year BS/MS Prgram must complete:
- all the required work for a B.S. in mathematics, including the core curriculum and all free electives.
- all of the requirements for an MSAS degree.
The accelerated timeframe (typical schedule) for the dual degree depends upon taking four specific courses as an undergraduate. Three of these courses are counted toward both the BS and the MSAS degrees. The remaining graduate courses needed are taken following the usual pattern for Applied Statistics graduate students. Degree requirements are subject to change.
Students who want to submit an application must have
- enough credits to be considered at least a junior.
- an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.3.
- a GPA of at least 3.5 in mathematics courses taken at Villanova
- at least an A- in MAT 4310 or its equivalent MAT 7404
- Once admitted to the five-year program, the student will be permitted to take graduate courses in applied statistics.
The Applied Statistics Graduate Committee will review all applications and will make the final decisions about the acceptance of students into the BS/MS program.
Students not yet accepted into the BS/MS program, but interested in taking MAT 7405, may request permission from the Director of the Applied Statistics Graduate Program.